Archive for the ‘Plugins’ Category

Hopefully, folks who use both Windows Live Writer and Twitter know about the Twitter Notify plugin we released in December. Out of the box, it uses the venerable (but still awesome) TinyURL service to shorten the URL to your blog post. However, if you prefer a different URL shortening service, like or snipr, you […]


The Technical Preview release of Windows Live Writer has only been out for a day, but a few intrepid programmers have already released plugins based on the new SDK features. Our Windows Live MVP, Scott Lovegrove, wrote up a nice tutorial on writing PublishNotificationHooks and HeaderFooterSources. He also unveiled a slew of new and/or updated […]

Good news for those of you hungry for new Writer bits: Windows Live Writer Technical Preview is now available for download. Official announcement: Windows Live Writer Technical Preview And for developers: Windows Live Writer Technical Preview SDK We’re calling this a Technical Preview release because the primary reason for it is to gather feedback on […]

Here’s a first crack at a plugin for Windows Live Writer that lets you easily insert screen captures into your blog posts. You can capture a window, a rectangular region, or the whole desktop. Sort of like the Snipping Tool in Vista, but without the ability to capture free-form regions, and minus the annoying red […]

Rick Strahl just posted a new plugin for pasting source code from Visual Studio. If you’ve tried to paste from Visual Studio into Writer before, you’ve no doubt noticed that all the coloring gets stripped. Visual Studio puts plain text and RTF on the clipboard; only the RTF version has the coloring information, and alas, […]

Scott Lovegrove has a nice recap of the posts he’s made about developing Windows Live Writer plugins. Taken all together, they make a nice introduction for anyone trying to get started with plugin developement. Read

Ben Hall has posted a good series on developing plugins for Windows Live Writer. Lots of practical tips here, including how to use Visual Studio to create an MSI-based installer for your plugin (which is a prerequisite for getting onto the Gallery).